Huge performance and 1-6 haul for Mayo defender-turned keeper-turned forward

Rachel Kearns continued to prove her impressive versatility on the edge of the square yesterday.

REMEMBER THIS UNBELIEVABLE goal-saving block at MacHale Park last summer?

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Playing as a defender that day, Mayo star Rachel Kearns produced a perfectly-timed challenge to deny a clear Galway goal-scoring opportunity.

While she was on the losing side then, she was on the winning side yesterday as Peter Leahy’s Westerners got their Division 1 Lidl Ladies National League campaign off to a flying start with a 2-11 to 0-12 win over Tipperary in Swinford.

And this time around, Kearns was at the other end of the pitch, scoring 1-6 — five of those frees — on an afternoon to remember at full-forward as Mayo put the difficulties of 2018 behind them.

21-year-old Kearns was impressive on the edge of the square throughout, a constant threat and thorn in the side for 2017 All-Ireland intermediate champions Tipperary in their first Division 1 outing.

Interestingly, in last year’s League final she played in goals, producing some superb saves but Dublin came out on top in that occasion.

Tweet by @Mayo LGFA Source: Mayo LGFA/Twitter

In the space of two years, she’s gone from goalkeeper to All-Star nominated half-back to full-forward.

A talented soccer player, Kearns signed for Galway Women’s FC last August and has lined out with the Ireland U19s. She also has two All-Ireland boxing medals.

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